What Can We Learn From Novenas…

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... I made it through two whole novenas and suddenly I'm the expert. Neat how that works.This past novena to St. Ann taught me several things about payer in general. The main thing it taught me was that I was doing prayer, for the most part, wrong. Or rather, imperfectly.I was approaching novenas in a very methodical manner, much the same way I approach my regular prayer.Here, Lord, are my prayers for this particular thing. Please grant my wish. Amen. Oh, PS. God, you're an … [Read more...]

Mine. It’s All Mine. My Bed. Mine…

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... This morning I woke up phenomenally grateful for my bed and the fact that I don't have to share it with anyone.You see, I'm a bit selfish when it comes to my bed and my sleep, being the light sleeper that I am. Having once been married to a snorer, I used to lay awake at night listening the thunderous honking coming from my ex-husband's side of the bed, resentfully seething at his ability to sleep through his own noise.I was thoroughly convinced that sharing a bed with your spouse … [Read more...]

Fine Art Friday…

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Mary Cassatt, Spanish Dancer Wearing A Lace Mantilla … [Read more...]

My religion is still cooler than yours…

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... In this Friday's installment of Friday Fishing (Blog feature featuring religious communities for the sole purpose of encouraging vocations) and Nun Gazing ...The Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church have a new novice.H/T The Anchoress. Following her link here to see more photos. … [Read more...]

Novena for Religious Freedom…

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... Yup. Another novena.Tomorrow begins the novena for religious freedom.With threats to religious liberty around the world, we have decided to dedicate this novena for religious freedom.“The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church’s history.” - St. John Paul IIThis novena was written to be a prayer to all Saints and particularly to Martyrs.Sign up here with Pray More Novenas to get daily reminders and the pr … [Read more...]

I Hate Corn…

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... Specifically, I hate corn fields.I've talked about my Mirkwood, those tangled dark woods that menacingly exist at the edge of my land and where even the dog is afraid to venture in too deeply.I've talked about the insane wildlife that prowls the grounds under the cover of night -- The Chupracabras, the coyotes, the demonic deer, disgusting bugs, and tormenting birds that chirp and screech all night. And the toads. When it rains it's the plague of frogs.Now I have a new menace … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, Georg Gänswein…

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... ad multos annos.To celebrate I thought I'd share a small sampling of photos I've collected over the years. I had hundreds and hundreds of images to choose from. These are my favorite.What? I'm not obsessed. … [Read more...]

Norfolk, VA Scouts Hoping to Solve Local Gang Problems…

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... I got such a soft spot in my heart for the Boy Scouts of America. I've been blessed to be part of a wonderful, active troop lead by dedicated and faithful fathers who are really committed to their kids.The BSA has taught my son self reliance, helped him become more independent and confident, and has taught him the virtues of helping others and respecting authority. Stuff I can teach but that really, for boys, needs to be reinforced by adult male role models.When my son needs Scout … [Read more...]

500 Year Old Madonna Processes Down the Tiber for Festa de’ Noantri…

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... the Festa de' Noantri brings Mary down the Tiber and by the Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere with a welcoming of fireworks.Fireworks for Mary over Santa Maria in Trastevere. pic.twitter.com/pyRjpxx6ho— Mountain Butorac (@CatholicTravel) July 27, 2014A five hundred year old Mary just arrived by boat on the Tiber. Now processing through Trastevere. pic.twitter.com/xoXvqO5CO2— Mountain Butorac (@CatholicTravel) July 27, 2014More about the Festa de' Noantri … [Read more...]


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